Noun Definition

lead

1.Definition: (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

"He took a long lead off first"

Category: Places

2.Definition: (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

Category: General

3.Definition: a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

"It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

Category: Objects

4.Definition: a news story of major importance

Category: General

5.Definition: a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

"He takes the lead in any group", "We were just waiting for someone to take the lead", "They didn't follow our lead"

Category: General

6.Definition: a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

"The children were playing with lead soldiers"

Category: General

7.Definition: an actor who plays a principal role

Related Noun(s):principal, star

Category: People

8.Definition: an advantage held by a competitor in a race

"He took the lead at the last turn"

Category: General

9.Definition: an indication of potential opportunity

"He got a tip on the stock market", "A good lead for a job"

Related Noun(s):wind, steer, hint, tip

Category: General

10.Definition: evidence pointing to a possible solution

"The police are following a promising lead", "The trail led straight to the perpetrator"

Related Noun(s):trail, track

Category: General

11.Definition: mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

Category: Objects

12.Definition: restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

Related Noun(s):leash, tether

Category: Objects

13.Definition: the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

Category: General

14.Definition: the introductory section of a story

"It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

Related Noun(s):lede

Category: General

15.Definition: the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

"The lead was in the dummy"

Category: General

16.Definition: the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

Category: General

17.Definition: thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

Category: Objects